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Warning over fake coronavirus posts on social media

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Authorities have urged Australians to ignore fake social media posts warning of places supposedly infected with coronavirus.

Authorities have urged Australians to ignore fake social media posts warning of places supposedly infected with coronavirus.

Fake alerts targeting areas of Sydney and Brisbane, as well as one supposedly advising against eating certain "contaminated" foods, have been dismissed as fake both NSW and Queensland Health departments.

One post, which claimed to be a Queensland Health press release, listed places people were advised to avoid "non essential travel" to - including a handful of Brisbane suburbs.

Meanwhile, a post circulating on Facebook claims air at some Sydney train stations have had "positive readings" for the virus.

It also lists companies whose products are supposedly made in the city at the centre of the outbreak Wuhan.

Both Queensland and NSW Health have dismissed the information as incorrect.  

A Queensland Health spokeswoman said: The only accurate health information regarding coronavirus in Queensland will come directly from Queensland Health.

A spokeswoman for NSW Health, said: "NSW Health has been made aware of a social media post that is being widely circulated warning people to not consume certain foods or visit certain locations in Sydney.

"This post has not originated from NSW health or any entity relating to us.  Further, there is no such entity as the "Department of Diseasology Parramatta".  

"NSW Health would like to assure the community that the locations mentioned in this post pose no risk to visitors, and there have been no 'positive readings' at train stations."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/corona-virus-fake-facebook-twitter-warnings-over-suburbs-train-stations-food/8dfad838-cbec-414a-81e6-65df8c69e209

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